Tuesday 29 December 2015 11.42am
I'm not surprised they are starting to charge, although another service they provide that is now charged for in addition to our council tax.
Although it is cheaper than the commercial alternatives when I google (junkwize etc), so probably worth it if you can save up for the 10 items that they'll pick up - or negotiate a discount.
Alternatively you can take it to the recycling place on the Old Kent road - if you can get it there. They take wood and garden waste, so I assume Christmas trees are OK - you need ID to prove you're a Southwark resident.
If its any good / reusable - try freecycle (or similar), people will come and pick things up - we've got rid of reusable furniture etc via that - even some fairly beaten up old stuff - a picture helps, and you'll be amazed what people will gather!
We're in a block of flats, and we have an arrangement where we leave items in the basement and every so often the landlord clears it out (obviously the cost goes on our service charge - but most people take advantage of it)- so if you're in a block - and can make a similar arrangement it can be cost effective - especially if you have a clear out day for the block.